Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), Luang Prabang

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See some of the most prominent Lao monasteries and learn about their religious and cultural significance at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong). The compound, built in 1560 in typical Laotian style, consists of twenty structures, including shrines, pavilions, gardens of ornamental plants, and residences. Pay special attention to the gilded doors made of wood, which depict events from the Buddha's life. Also, visit many surrounding facilities, including a library, a drum tower, and a ceremonial barge. Make Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) a centerpiece of your Luang Prabang vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Luang Prabang trip planner .
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  • Quite historical and gets a lot of use. Didn’t take more than 10 minutes to look through. Skip unless you’re really interested  more »
  • Authentic old temple with beautiful outdoor decorations in Japanese glass. Bouddha in small chapel lying is very beautiful! Recommended.
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  • You can take tour pick - look at your guidebook for the most important Wats. This one is nice and worth visiting. Most are close to the main part of Luang Prabang and easy walking distance. They seem ...  more »
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  • Very nice Buddhist temple complex, two big building and couple small. Entrance fee is 20 000,- Kip. There is 4 different entrance from each side. Good place for taking photos. Amazing decoration on the wall, lots story from Buddhist religion.
  • The golden temple full of culture and artistic details. You have to buy the ticket for 20k kip for admission fee. It’s quite nice to visit.
  • 20,000 Kip entrance fee. Beautiful with rich history - many historical relics to view. Very calming place to be.
  • One of the oldest Buddhist temple (built around 1500) with an entrance fee of 20,000Kip. There are many entrances e.g from Mekong river side or the adjoining roads. You can go into the Wat and admire the cravings made; read up on the history as well before you go in. Attire respect needs to be adhered before going into any Wat in S.E.A meaning no sleeveless tops and shorts. Shoes need to be taken off before you enter to see the shrines. Happy Travels
  • Beautiful Temple built in the 16th century. Wall paintings outside the walls of the temple are quite unique.

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